Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) defended his state’s voter ID law during a gubernatorial debate against Democratic nominee Mary Burke on Friday, saying that the number of would-be fraudulent voters the law stops doesn’t matter.
“It doesn’t matter if there’s one, 100, or 1,000,” Walker said during the debate. His comments were flagged by Politico. “Amongst us, who would be that one person who would like to have our vote canceled out by a vote that was cast illegally?”
Walker’s comments Friday followed the United State Supreme Court blocking officials in the state from making voters provide an ID to cast a ballot in the midterm election. A federal district court also struck down a similar law in Texas.
Burke, according to Politico, countered, citing studies that found hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites don’t have the proper identification to vote under the voter ID law but those Wisconsin residents still aren’t trying to commit voter fraud. Burke pointed out that the majority of the people in question are minorities.
The TPM Polltracker average gives Walker a 1.6 point lead over Burke.
Correction: This story has been updated to reflect which court struck down the Texas law.